It’s time to pack up the beach blankets and bathing suits until winter cruise season, Metro Detroiters. While the calendar doesn’t declare it officially fall for a few more days, we’re getting an early start.
All of the local cider mills are open, spice-filled pumpkin beer is on tap and fall festivals are aplenty. For the next several months, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a weekend free of some sort of autumn festival or another.
Grab a cozy sweater, a pumpkin latte and a pen, and get ready to mark the following festivals on your calendar:
Blues, Brews and Barbecue, Westland – Friday, September 20 through Saturday, September 21
Westland’s All American Blues, Brews and Barbecue festival will feature its first ever Bike Night on Friday. Ride your motorcycle there and park for free! Then, sample some of the area’s best barbecue all weekend long, from restaurants including Hickory BBQ and Westland Charhouse.
Detroit Design Festival – Wednesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 22
The five-day Detroit Design Festival will celebrate independent design, highlighted through product shows, lectures, discussions, design battles and more. There are a ton of different events happening throughout the week, so you’ll want to check out the calendar here.
Romulus Pumpkin Festival – Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22
On Friday, the Romulus Pumpkin Festival kicks off with a parade, followed by a week of fun seasonal activities including a pumpkin roll event, pie-eating contest and pumpkin seed-spitting contest. There will also be a classic car show and a classic tractor show.
Harvest Moon Celebration of Farmington – Thursday, September 26 through Saturday, September 28
The Harvest Moon Celebration will include craft beer and wine tasting, food courtesy of local restaurants, a farmers market, and activities for kids. This one isn’t free—it’ll cost you $5 in advance or $8 at the door.
South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest – Saturday, September 28 through Sunday, September 29
The 29th Annual Pumpkinfest will start with a parade on Saturday morning, followed by live entertainment, children’s activities and a Pumpkin Garten beer tent all weekend. The festival will wrap up with a craft show on Sunday.
Scarecrow Festival of Trenton – Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6
The 12th Annual Scarecrow Festival includes (obviously) a Scarecrow contest, as well as a dog costume contest. Take the next few weeks to get your costumes ready and you and Spot can both take home the prize!
Huron Township Applefest – Saturday, October 5 through Sunday, October 6
Entertainment and events at Applefest 2013 will include a 5K run, several dance and music performances, children’s entertainment and more. Best of all, this year’s festival will include the first annual Applefest Art Show.
Hilton Fall Festival of Ferndale – Saturday, October 5
The Hilton Fall Festival, sponsored by local company Garden Fresh Gourmet, is a perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family. Kid-friendly activities include a costume contest, carnival games, face painting, craft stations and more. For a full schedule of events and times, check out the official website.
Fall Fair Artisan Market of Northville – Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13
The Fall Fair Artisan Market, located at Northville’s Community Center, will feature over 70 different artisans from around the country. Artists will showcase their paintings, furniture, fashion, jewelry, photography and more—all of which will be for sale.
Glass Pumpkin Fest of Dearborn – Saturday, October 19 through Sunday, October 20
Dearborn’s Glass Academy, a glass-blowing design studio, will host its 4th Annual Glass Pumpkin Fest this year. The show allows participants to watch glassblowing demonstrations for free, and purchase the handcrafted works of art afterwards.
If you’re a social butterfly, feel free to attend all of southeast Michigan’s fall festivals this season. Should your calendar already be packed, try and squeeze at least one weekend of fun into the coming months. These things only roll around once a year, so you need to take advantage while you can!